Wicker Park: Convicted rapist charged with stabbing woman during home invasion

Lester Johnson (inset) and surveillance images of the home invader. | Chicago Police Department

A convicted rapist is now charged with a Memorial Day home invasion that left a 24-year-old woman stabbed in the Wicker Park neighborhood.

Police said Lester Johnson, 53, of west suburban Broadview forced his way into the woman’s second-floor apartment in the 1300 block of North Bell at 12:54 a.m. on May 28th. Once inside, he entered the woman’s bedroom and stabbed her in the leg during a struggle.

Arriving officers found zip ties and a bandana at the crime scene, according to a police source. The woman was found bleeding profusely and semi-conscious, the source said. Her condition was later stabilized at St. Mary’s Hospital.

Johnson was arrested yesterday. Prosecutors are charging him with felony home invasion causing injury; felony failure of a sex offender to report a change of address or employer; misdemeanor violation of an order of protection; and harassment by telephone.

A police statement did not indicate how the order of protection and telephone harassment charges related to the home invasion case. Those details may emerge at Johnson’s bond court appearance this afternoon.

State records show that Johnson was convicted of sexually assaulting a 28-year-old woman in Champaign County when he was 32-years-old.
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